In the wake of at least 129 dead in Paris and many more killed in ISIS (or Da’esh) attacks across the world, Islamophobia is growing.
And one gay guy has seen it for himself. He received an incredibly hateful message on Grindr that has been spread widely on social media.
Anthony Magallanez, a 22-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, had some Arabic lyrics on his Grindr profile, حبيتك بالشتي (habbaitak besh-sheti), which means ‘I loved you in the winter’. It comes from the song Al Thaniah by Fairouz, a Lebanese singer.
But not every person understood that.
‘At first I thought it as a joke, but one in bad taste, so I asked for clarification and it became clear to me that he only wanted to be hateful, so that’s when I stopped taking him seriously,’ Anthony told Gay Star News.
‘At the same time, I tried to be light-hearted with him and show that, “Yeah, I’m Muslim, but am I the one being aggressive here?”‘
He didn’t report the message to Grindr, saying he just wanted the ‘conversation to be over’.
But the message definitely made him nervous about the rising Islamophobia, saying the attacks this week are ‘no doubt’ a reaction to the tragedy in Paris.
He said: ‘I’m scared for the Muslims in Europe as well as those here in the United States and most of all those in the Middle East, who are the most direct and immediate victims of groups like Da’esh and al-Qa’eda.
‘There have already been attacks in Baghdad and Beirut and I fear there will be strong action on Da’esh’s part and equally strong reaction against innocent people on the part of bigots here in the US and Europe.’